Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 0 Dynamo Tbilisi

Match info: Europa League Qualifying - Play-Off at White Hart Lane

Date: 29/08/2013 KO: 20:05 Ref: Luca Banti Att: 35,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Jermain Defoe 40,45+2
Lewis Holtby 69


Dynamo Tbilisi

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  • Comfortable win for Spurs then, and the result on the night never looked in doubt. Defoe, Holtby and Carroll did plenty to strengthen their case for a squad place, but confidence will be flying as they head into the North London derby.

  • Defoe will not be happy there. He bursts through the defence and rides the challenge of the defender, but the referee books the striker for diving as he looks for a penalty.

  • Brilliant effort with little backlift from Kane, and only Loria keeps him at bay again with a great save.

  • Seturidze is the final substitution for Tbilisi, coming on for Grigalashvili.

  • The last question is really whether Jermain Defoe will get his hat-trick. A narrow offside call denies him another opportunity.

  • Merebashvili will now be replaced by Khocholova for Tbilisi.

  • Lewis Holtby comes off to a rousing reception, with Mousa Dembele taking his place.

  • Defoe again flashes an effort just wide in his search for a hat-trick.

  • Kaboul bludgeons his way forward amidst calls of a foul, but the Frenchman continues and cuts back to Carroll, who's effort is well blocked.

  • Promising stuff from Carroll and Kyle Naughton on the Spurs right, with the full-back's fizzing delivery into the area creating problems for Dinamo.

  • Holtby scored a cracker for Spurs' U-21s this last week, and he's opened his Spurs account tonight with another stunner. From 20 yards out he arrows a Carroll pass in off the underside of the crossbar.

  • Tbilisi get there first real attempt on goal. Vouho's glancing header skimmed a yard wide from Khmaladze's free-kick.

  • Back to Sigurdsson for another strike on goal. It's a beautiful effort from the midfielder but it hits the frame of the goal and bounces back out.

  • Holtby takes his turn next and from 20 yards out his effort flies over. Spurs are after a big score here.

  • Jermain Defoe was never passing there. A lofted ball gives him space to run into and, despite Sigurdsson racing forward, Defoe shapes up to fire an effort just wide.

  • Zeki Fryers is Spurs' next substitution, with Kyle Walker being replaced.

  • Sigurdsson takes his opportunity next from Defoe's pass. The Icelander's effort curls just into the side of the net.

  • Jermain Defoe pirouettes excellently to evade the defender after Holtby's pass, but it's a great save to deny the striker a hat-trick.

  • Flash of a chance for Vouho who races onto a loose ball but, tracked by Vertonghen, sprays his shot into the side of the net.

  • Harry Kane replaces Andros Townsend in Spurs' only half-time change.

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